Young prop Wayland latest to come on-board.
23rd July 2020
The Knights summer recruitment continues with the addition of exciting young front row James Wayland.
Born in Sydney, the 22-year-old signs with the Knights having spent the 2019/20 season with Jersey Reds.
The loose head made four appearances in his debut Championship campaign, catching the eye with his aggressive ball carrying and defence.
Wayland is another prospect that Head Coach Steve Boden sees rich potential in and believes the youngster could go a long way. “James comes highly recommend by someone who I trust. At 22 he is young for a prop but from what we’ve seen, if he’s patient and works hard on his game he’s got big potential.
“He is dynamic and aggressive in the loose, as with any 22- year-old prop, his set piece will need developing but we’re excited to see how he can grow in our environment next season.”
James secured his move to Jersey after turning heads with Southern Districts in Australia’s Shute Shield competition and is back with his hometown Club currently while we await the start of the new season.
Southern Districts made a winning start to their Shute campaign, with James scoring in a 34-9 win over Eastwood at the weekend and he will be hoping to continue his good form when he moves to England. “I’m super excited to start a new chapter with Doncaster and I can’t wait to get over there, rip in and show what I am capable of.
“I love the physical running style that Doncaster want to play and I think I can contribute positively.
“Steve’s [Boden] vision really attracted me to sign with Doncaster and his knowledge around the set piece; it’s a part of my game that I continually want to improve as I mature as a prop.”
James’ signing takes the number of Knights confirmed for 2020/21 to twenty-eight.
2020/2021 current squad.
ANDREW FOSTER [CONTRACT 2ND YEAR], KYLE EVANS [CONTRACT 2ND YEAR], MATT SMITH [CONTRACT 2ND YEAR], REISS CULLEN [CONTRACT 2ND YEAR], SAM OLVER [CONTRACT 2ND YEAR].
CHARLIE FOLEY [RETAINED 1 YEAR], HOWARD PACKMAN [RETAINED 1 YEAR], WILL HOLLING [RETAINED 1 YEAR], MATT CHALLINOR [RETAINED 1 YEAR], SAM POCKLINGTON [RETAINED 1 YEAR], ROBIN HISLOP [RETAINED 2 YEARS], BEN HUNTER [RETAINED 1 YEAR].
JAMES KANE [NEW SIGNING 1 YEAR] MARK BEST [NEW SIGNING 1 + 1 YEAR] JAMES MITCHELL [NEW SIGNING 1 YEAR] CONOR JOYCE [NEW SIGNING 1 YEAR] TOM HILL [SIGNING 2 YEARS] SAM GRAHAM [NEW SIGNING 1 YEAR] BILLY MCBRYDE [NEW SIGNING 1 YEAR], JAMES NEWEY [NEW SIGNING 1 YEAR] JACK DAVIES [NEW SIGNING 1 YEAR] JOE JONES [NEW SIGNING 1 YEAR] GEORGE ROBERTS [NEW SIGNING 1 YEAR], JACK SPITTLE [NEW SIGNING 1 YEAR] JACK ROUSE [ONE SEASON LOAN] JOHN KELLY [NEW SIGNING 1 YEAR], GAZ DENMAN [NEW SIGNING 1 YEAR], JAMES WAYLAND [NEW SIGNING 1 YEAR]